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March 2017 Update

Safe Routes to Schools 

SRTS Survey: We are conducting a statewide survey on safe routes to school to help guide our upcoming work to build and provide support to these programs throughout the state. Your participation is important to us. Please take this brief survey and pass on to anyone you know might be interested.

SRTS Legislation: Many of you contacted legislators to support Senate Bill 1121 establishing a Safe Routes to School – Healthy Kids Program for Idaho. Thank you for that support! The bill passed handily in the Senate, but will not get a hearing in the House this year despite the best efforts of you and our many partners led by the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance and the American Heart Association. The bill made it farther than many expected and sets the stage for more conversations over the next year about why this issue is so important for the health and safety of Idaho students and increased vibrancy of Idaho communities.

Legislative update…

We continue to watch and comment on many of the final bills in the 2017 Idaho legislative session. Watch for our update next month on the impact of this session on smart growth in the state.
Citizens Planning Academy for April

"How Comprehensive Planning Can Help Communities Achieve Their Goals"
Presenter: Patricia Nilsson, Development Services Director, Canyon County
Patricia will present an overview of comprehensive planning, its value to communities, how citizens can become more engaged in helping develop comprehensive plans and support implementation of these plans once adopted.
WHEN: Wed., April 5, 6 -7 PM; 7 - 7:30 open discussion led by Patricia Nilsson
WHERE: Idaho Law Learning Center, 514 W. Jefferson St., Boise, Rm. 136 - 1st floor
Please use east entrance, parking is available on the east side of the building in the spots marked “visitor.”

The C.P.A. is a collaboration of Idaho Smart Growth and the University of Idaho's College of Law in Boise and Bioregional Planning Program. Monthly sessions are designed to help citizens become effective advocates on a wide range of planning topics. Programs are free and open to all. RSVP See the full 2017 series on our website.
Idaho Gives 2017!

Idaho's one-day nonprofit giving spree this year is on May 4, 2017. Keep Idaho Smart Growth in mind! We'll send you more about our involvement soon; for more info on the program itself click here.

Other News


Salmon Trails Planning and Placemaking Workshop

Salmon Valley Stewardship and many partners will host a Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ (CIRD) Workshop in Salmon, Idaho, Wednesday, April 12 through Friday, April 14, 2017. The public is invited; RSVP and more info here.

Community Builders' 2017 Technical Assistance 

One of our partners, Community Builders, provides technical assistance to communities in Idaho and elsewhere ranging from planning and design assistance to economic and market analysis to community engagement. Applications for the next round are due May 5. We have worked with Community Builders on some of these projects--contact us if you'd like to discuss your community's ideas. For more info on the Community Builders program click here.


ACHD Bikeways Master Plan Update

Ada County Highway District is updating its 2009 Roadways to Bikeways Master Plan and the public is invited to attend meetings of the Bicycle Advisory Committee to participate in this update. This document guides ACHD’s decisions about where and how to improve safety and comfort for people on bikes within their network.
Meetings will be held at 6 PM in the ACHD Auditorium, 3775 Adams St. Garden City:
April 3 – Learn about the update and provide input on the goals and objectives
June 5 – Review current bike routes and provide input on proposed and new low-stress routes
July 10 – Tell us which projects should be included in the plan
For more information contact or 387-6100.
Idaho Smart Growth Sponsors (Action level and above):
American Heart Association
Andersen Construction Company
BSU School of Public Service
Clif Bar Family Foundation

Conger Management Group
DevCo Properties

D.L. Evans Bank
Givens Pursley
Harris Ranch
Idaho Power
Local Construct
LOR Foundation
Logan Simpson
Lucky 13
City of McCall
McKibben + Cooper
Mesa Tile & Stone 

City of Sandpoint
Spink Butler
Yellow House Fund of Tides Foundation

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